I came across Amy on Instagram years ago when hardly anyone had an IG account. Instagram has changed a lot, but we have become closer each month following each other’s families + musings on IG. She has a blog, Buggie + Jellybean, but has become very well known for her inspirational Instagram account. There are many moms on IG, gathering daily inspiration from this radass woman! She is a playful mama, super devoted to her children’s lives. She’s known for her birthday bashes she throws! One of my favorite things she does is her hashtag: #weplaywithourfood where she shares her amazing daily meals for her kiddos. They are always these detailed landscapes +scenes that look like they took a year to put together. She inspires me to spend a bit more time with preparing my family’s food just to make it pretty, so they will enjoy the experience more. Amy is such an inspiration to me. I am sure she will inspire you also!
1. As a busy mama, what are some ways you make sure you are creatively inspired and fulfilled?
This can be hard for me. I am naturally a creative person, and sometimes time and/or money restrict what I want to do. So for me its all about starting projects I can finish in a timely manner and within a budget. But I surround myself with people who inspire and push me try new things.
2. What’s your most successful grumpy kid coping technique?
I am the queen of redirecting. Whether that’s busting out a funny song, cracking a joke, or changing the environment, like heading outside. I believe redirecting behavior creates techniques for kids to help get themselves out of funks on their own. I want them to realize they are in charge of their own happiness, you can choose your mood as much as you can choose your pants for the day, and nobody wants wool slacks in the dead of summer as much as they want the grumps on a bright sunny day! Now this is not a foolproof method, but I have a 75% success rate.
3. What’s your best trick for sneaking in veggies when your kid is being a stubborn eater?
Honestly I am VERY lucky in that my kids LOVE veggies. We juice a lot, so getting veggies in with some juice is a easy solution. But we also make popsicles and there is some great recipes for getting some juiced veggies in them. We are blessed in my kids will eat their brussel sprouts before their chicken. But my biggest advice would be to make food fun. Whether that be having the kids in the kitchen helping, touching, and tasting, or making fun food plates that will expand their minds and palettes. Kids will naturally be afraid of the unknown, so if you make things known and part of the everyday they might be more likely to accept and try them. I think another great thing, if possible, is taking them to a co-op where they can harvest their own fruit and veggies. And as I say these suggestions I as feel these should be part of a kids experience with food always.
4. What is your favorite go-to family activity?
Living in the theme park capital makes it easy to head to Disney for just a few hours, which we do A LOT. But other then that we enjoy the beach, family movie nights, bike rides, you know the normal Leave It to Beaver kinda of stuff, haha.
5. Your top 3 beauty tips/practice?
Even though I can be bad at this, washing your face before bed, nothing like a clean slate before bed to feel refreshed. A moisturizer with sunscreen, especially for those of us who live on the surface of the sun, ie Florida, is essential. And lastly I am a less is more kind of gal. A little under eye concealer, momma was genetically given dark circles, some blush to look fresh, and a black mascara to look alert.
Hands down my citrus hand juicer. I use limes and lemons a lot in my cooking, and it makes juicing them a quick process. It was a gift one year in my stocking and I still thank Santa for it every time I use it! Some of my other favorites are a zester, a GOOD sharp knife, our juicer, and grill pan.
7. Any secrets for traveling with your kiddo(s)?
I love to go to Michael’s and Target and make little busy bags for them. I get a gallon size Ziploc bag and fill it with fun little snacks, art things, books, and games. It lets them enjoy opening up some new things and keeps their little hands and minds busy. I am not opposed to technology either. Headphones and an Ipad are the best thing since sliced bread. I have wanted for awhile to create an eye spy journal, something with pictures and words that’s laminated with a dry erase maker for our road trips. This might be my push to do it!